Hello everyone! I am interested in hearing your opinions about my situation. I graduated May 2006. I started working on a cardiac medical floor and hated it. I transferred to a cardiovascular thoracic recovery unit November 2006 and am enjoying it very much! It is my niche
I have always planned on going back to school for a MSN...right now I am trying to decide what program to do. I am getting married this October and would like to start a program next spring. I plan on doing it part time so it will probably take me 3 years to complete it. I will work full time if possible so I would have about 5 years of RN experience.
Right now I am torn between acute care nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist programs. I have researched both job descriptions and both are appealing. When looking at job openings on websites it seems that there are more openings for clinical nurse specialists. I think I will call nurse recruiters at the major hospitals and find out for sure.
I feel like I need more experience to be a CNS because of staff development, education, etc. However, the CNS roles vary so much. By the time I finished the CNS program perhaps I would feel more competent?
There are a lot of factors to consider. Any thoughts?
Aug 19, '09
To incublissRN....I was faculty at IU South Bend for a long time and wonder if you can start taking courses toward your Master's before you're admitted to a specific program. At IUSB a student could take a couple of classes as a non-degree grad student for just that purpose. Then, when he got admitted, they could be applied to the degree. I took 2 courses that way. There are quite a few courses that both CNSs and NPs have to take that are the same.....theory, research, assessment, pharm. And, do you have statistics under your belt yet? If I was you, I'd talk to IUPUI about it, especially if you want to begin before you have your experience years completed, and you're leaning toward the NP track, and want IUPUI or Ball State.
By the way, when I went to grad school (at Valparaiso University--I'm saying its name since you seem to be a Hoosier), those who got a Masters in nursing graduated with a CNS (everyone) and some went on to become NPs. The NP was an add-on certificate. You can PM me if you'd like and I'll spill my brain for you....
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